Oh hi! I made it through the week

But only just...

Today is Saturday, well for the next few hours it is at least.  This week has been crazy, and I've really enjoyed the fact that I could stay in bed today!

As for the week - this is what we did.

One (and two) - We received two awesome things in the post this week.  On Monday, we got an envelope full of letters from North Carolina!  Our first lot of pen pal letters from a 4th grade class.  It was super exciting to have a real context for reading and writing!! We can't wait to get back to class after camp and write our replies!!
THEN we were about 3/4's the way through our maths for the day on Wednesday, and we were buzzed over the intercom to send a kid to the office to pick something up.  At the start of the year we get buzzed like this heaps, mostly for stationary packs.  BUT THIS WASN'T STATIONARY!!! NO, it was a massive package from Iowa, and it had MORE penpal letters in it from another 5th grade class.  Not only that, but there were two really awesome books in it that taught us a bit more about Iowa.  We will have to do some thinking and hunting to see what we can send back there in order to help that class learn about New Zealand.

Three - we started goal setting this week.  All the students in our class now know their current achievement in numeracy, where they are expected to be by the end of the year, and the very next thing they need to learn in order to get there.
We will set reading and writing goals after camp.
(These photos also show our cool new furniture!! We may need to get a couple more little tables, but as it stands we like working on the floor so we're good for now.)

Four - next week we are away at camp!! YAY exciting.  The weather is looking good, so keep your fingers crossed for us!! We will be learning a whole lot of water based skills, as well as working on our team building and leadership skills.
Before we go away, we had a go at some team building games!

 Some of them we really weren't very good at!!

Can you guess what we are trying to spell here? HINT - every one of these pictures is trying to spell the same word!! (As teachers, we thought that some of these kids needed to go back to preschool!! These letters don't look so bad, some of the earlier ones were terrible!! haha)

Five - I've loved the inspirational quote Jessica over at Joy in the Journey has shared through her new Fuel your Faith linky.  SO I decided to join up too this week.
I'm really bad at trying to rush things along, especially when I think I've been given a promise from God.  I need to remember that the process of getting somewhere is just as important, and that no day is wasted on this journey!!
I have this app on my phone called WORD.  This was the message for Friday.

And with that, I leave you to head back to bed.  I think I'm coming down with a sinus cold, which will not make for a fun camp!  Fluids and rest are on the cards for the rest of this weekend!!
I'm linking this post up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five For Friday, and Joy in the Journey for Fuel your Faith Friday


  1. Hi Erin,

    I love the flexible learning spaces you have for your children! They look so comfortable which must make them love learning in your classroom. :)

    Love, Laughter and Learning in Prep!

    1. I love the learning spaces too!! SO much more than I like desks. And if you manage it right, behaviour is less of an issue too!!
      Thanks for stopping by

  2. Hi Erin!
    Wow, sounds like quite a week! I'm glad you have some downtime this weekend to rest and gear up for camp - which sounds AWESOME!!! We're taking our fifth graders to camp too - at the end of April - and they talk of little else :) It's such a special time of bonding, learning, and having fun outside of the classroom.

    I love that verse - and it is such a needed-reminder for me. Thanks for sharing your heart!

    I'll be praying for that sinus infection - hoping for a speedy recovery!
    Joy in the Journey

  3. When I told my class that you received our package they were very excited. I am totally in LOVE with your new furniture - it is so beautiful! Camp sounds like it will be a lot of fun, but I hope you feel better before it starts.

    Amy Decker


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